I'm not sure what other reviewers were expecting when they downloaded this free, two hour short story. I began listening with no expectations whatsoever, without even having read the description (free is free, after all) and was enrapt, start to finish.
For such a short piece, a great deal of care goes into developing the main character and her relationships with those close to her. The author doesn't beat you over the head with it, but uses a delicate touch, which may be unsatisfying for certain types of people.
This is an absorbing, brilliantly executed portrait of a teenage girl in situation that would be, for anyone, strange to say the least. To complain that she seemed 'whiny' is to miss the point entirely -- a failure of imagination, at best. In her shoes, the rest of us would likely fare as well.
Much to my delight, this is merely a prologue of sorts to an ongoing series by the author, and I will be purchasing subsequent books on the authority of this work alone.
While the narration is a bit over the top (and grating at times: Aunt Polly), it really sets the tone for the tale.
This book is well written and great fun for all ages. Well worth a listen!
This historical account of the people, places, and events surrounding the Dust Bowl was surprisingly easy to get into and hard to turn away from. It really gave me an appreciation for the hardships of the time -- and their origins. This is a book I nearly didn't pick up, but I'm glad I did.
While the subject matter itself is not inherently appealing (or palatable), both the style of writing and the narration enjoyable and entertaining.
If you are a fan of her previous works, I think you will find this a worthwhile entry in the catalogue. And for those unfamiliar with the author but interested in a lighthearted tour of digestive matters -- both scientific and historical -- you likely won't find a more varied and engaging book on the subject.
I laughed out loud throughout when listening to this book. It really hits home, with both obvious and insightful observations of 'white culture' that helped me see the humour in myself and others.
But when I went to write a review and rate the audiobook I saw that perhaps the style of humour (and the dead-on tone of narration) is not universal. Definitely check out the sample; if you think this sounds like your cup of tea after that, you won't be disappointed!
As an adult male 'on the spectrum', to have a thirteen-year-old boy express 80% of my existence better than I am able to do myself is both depressing and refreshing, because
As books go, this isn't classic literature or anything; but for an unfiltered glimpse into the mind of an autistic person, look no further. If someone close to you is on the autistic spectrum, you owe it to both yourself and them to read this book.
While the Complete Edition contains the material left out of this original abridged recording, I didn't find that it added anything particularly compelling.
This is a great book with some great performances (Mark Hamill did an INCREDIBLE job, and I didn't even know it was him until the credits at the end), but -- unlike nearly every other audio book -- I found this abridged version was better by keeping it concise and having only the strongest performances.
Had I not listened to this original abridged recording first I may have felt differently, though.
While this complete version contains the material left out of the original abridged recording (World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War), I didn't find that it added anything particularly compelling.
Don't get me wrong, this is a great book with some great performances (Mark Hamill did an INCREDIBLE job, and I didn't even know it was him until the credits at the end), but -- unlike nearly every other audio book -- I found the abridged version was better by keeping it concise and missing some of the weaker performances.
Had I not listened to the original abridged recording first I may have felt differently, though.
John de Lancie as Cassius is pure gold. I knew I recognized the voice, such a compelling performance. I had to look the credits up on the L.A. Theatre Works web site afterward to be sure. He really stole the show.
The audio is definitely on the quiet side and hard to make out at times, what with all the scheming at all. But the great ensemble cast really brings this great play to life.
I don't have a lot to say about this book. I saw the movie years ago, thought it was great, but had mostly forgotten it. I'm going to have to revisit the movie now to compare and contrast.
This book didn't change my life or anything, but it held my interest incredibly well and was -- at the risk of sounding pithy -- incredibly touching and inspiring in a way that is just uncommon enough to be special.
While the narration was a bit grating, this true story about an almost fictitiously horrific crime was gripping. I had to listen all the way through, start to finish, just to find out how it all ended.
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